March 7, 2013


FORMAT NOTE:  As you see, we’ve added some new information to our daily ratings posts, with charts below by Mitch Metcalf showing not just the previous night’s 18-49 overnight ratings, but also the ratings for the parallel night one year ago.  The results, in some cases, are pretty startling.

FOX:  AMERICAN IDOL is now a show that routinely rates below a 4, as it was again at a Wednesday level it hadn’t seen since it started as a summer series.  Last night was down 0.2 from last week to 3.7, but for FOX, the really scary part is that it was down 2 full ratings points from this time last year, a plummet of 35%.

CBS:  SURVIVOR, although nothing like the blockbuster it once was, is holding up better in its senior years.  It was down 0.1 from last week to 2.5, which was a 0.7 (roughly 20%) decline from this time in 2012.  Reruns made up the rest of the night, 1.7/1.5 for CRIMINAL MINDS and CSI, the latter being enough to win the 10PM battle of the retreads.

ABC:  The network let THE NEIGHBORS and SUBURGATORY fend for themselves last night, surrounded by reruns, and predictably the results weren’t good:  twin 1.7s, which for Suburgatory was down half a ratings point from last week.  Naturally the MODERN FAMILY rerun did best with a 2.0.

NBC:  Those wishing for WHITNEY to make it to a Season 3 had reason to cheer, as the show rose 0.1 to 1.3–of  course, the fact that ABC aired a rerun against it helped.  It was down 0.3 (20%) from the same night last year.  Later in the evening, the SVU rerun edged out the CHICAGO FIRE rerun, 1.1 to 1.0.

CW:  A pair of 0.4s for ARROW/SUPERNATURAL reruns.

CBS (except for ELEMENTARY) and FOX are new tonight, with FOX unusually running past 10PM by starting GLEE at 9:30PM after an extended Idol.  The other networks are in rerun, except that NBC is throwing new episodes of COMMUNITY and 1600 PENN to the wolves.


About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.